AMEX KrisFlyer Credit Card launches 25,350 bonus miles welcome offer

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From now till 28 February 2024, get up to 25,350 bonus miles with a minimum spend of just S$1,500 on the AMEX KrisFlyer Credit Card.

The American Express KrisFlyer Credit Card (colloquially known as the AMEX KrisFlyer Blue) had a quiet 2023; in fact, you need to go back to October 2022 for the last time we had a MileLion welcome offer. 

But this first-year free card is starting 2024 with a bang: new-to-AMEX customers can enjoy up to 25,350 bonus miles with a minimum spend of just S$1,500. 

AMEX KrisFlyer Credit Card welcome offer

AMEX KrisFlyer Credit Card
Apply Here
 New-to-AMEX Customers
First Spend5,000 miles
Spend S$1,500
(Mo. 1-2)
20,350 miles
Base Miles from S$1,500
(@ 1.1 mpd)
1,650 miles
Total SpendS$1,500
Total Miles27,000 miles
First year fee waiver

This offer is valid for new-to-AMEX customers who apply and receive approval for an AMEX KrisFlyer Credit Card between 19 January to 28 February 2024.

❓ Definition

New-to-AMEX customers are defined as those who:

  • Do not currently hold an existing principal American Express consumer card (AMEX cards issued by Citi/DBS/UOB do not count, nor does the AMEX HighFlyer Card), and
  • Have not cancelled an AMEX KrisFlyer Credit Card in the past 12 months

For avoidance of doubt, there is no “timeout period” for a customer with a recently-cancelled card to be considered new (provided that card is not an AMEX KrisFlyer Credit Card). However, all approvals are subject to internal review.

All first-time American Express KrisFlyer cobrand cardholders will enjoy 5,000 miles on their first spend of any amount. This is a once per lifetime bonus, so if you’ve held an American Express KrisFlyer cobrand card before, you won’t receive it a second time.

Cardholders who spend at least S$1,500 within the first two months of approval (defined as 60 calendar days) will receive 20,350 bonus miles.

To summarise the offer, by spending S$1,500 in the first 60 days of approval, you’ll receive 27,000 miles, broken down as follows:

  • 5,000 bonus miles for first spend
  • 20,350 bonus miles for meeting the S$1,500 minimum spend
  • 1,650 base miles for spending S$1,500 @ 1.1 mpd

When will the bonuses be credited?

If you’re eligible for the 5,000 miles bonus for first-time AMEX Singapore Airlines cobrand cardholders, these will be credited to your KrisFlyer account after the month of approval and first spend.

The 20,350 bonus miles for meeting the minimum spend will be credited within 10 weeks of the date you meet the spend threshold. 

All questions about fulfilment should be directed to American Express.

Terms & Conditions

What spending is eligible?

American Express provides a list of excluded spending categories here, but the key ones to take note of are:

  • Donations
  • Education
  • GrabPay top-ups
  • Insurance
  • Public hospitals and polyclinics
  • SPC transactions
  • Utilities

CardUp, private and non-profit hospitals, and anything else not explicitly stated in the exclusion list will count as eligible spend.

All spending on supplementary cards will pool with principal cards when determining whether the minimum spend has been met.

Is it worth it?

The AMEX KrisFlyer Credit Card’s first year annual fee of S$179.85 is waived for the first year, so assuming you have S$1,500 of spend to clock, it’s basically free miles.

In fact, on a miles to spend ratio, you’re looking at 16.9 miles per S$1 (25,350 bonus miles divided by S$1,500 minimum spend), which would be one of the highest offers on the market right now.

Overview: AMEX KrisFlyer Credit Card

Apply Here
Income Req.N/A*Points Validity3 years
Annual FeeS$178.20
Min.
Transfer
N/A
FCY Fee3.25%Transfer FeeNone
Local Earn1.1 mpdPoints Pool?N/A
FCY Earn2 mpd
(Jun & Dec)
Lounge Access?No
Special Earn2 mpd on SIA and KrisShop, 3.1 mpd for GrabAirport Limo?No
*AMEX no longer publishes income requirements for the AMEX KrisFlyer Credit Card. All applications are subject to internal review. For reference, the last published income requirement was S$30,000 p.a.
Cardholder Terms and Conditions

The AMEX KrisFlyer Credit Card has an annual fee of S$178.20, which is waived in the first year (and waivable in the second and subsequent years, subject to approval). 

Cardholders earn 1.1 mpd on local spend, and 2 mpd on foreign currency spend in June and December (1.1 mpd otherwise). An uncapped 2 mpd is offered on Singapore Airlines and KrisShop transactions year-round, as well as 3.1 mpd on Grab, capped at S$200 per calendar month. These aren’t the best earn rates on the market, however, and can be easily bested by other alternatives. 

AMEX KrisFlyer Credit Cardholders who charge S$12,000 or more (on any miles-earning transaction) between 1 July and 30 June of the following year will receive S$150 cashback, valid on their next purchase of Singapore Airlines air tickets via singaporeair.com or the SingaporeAir mobile app

Don’t forget to check out my full review of the AMEX KrisFlyer Credit Card.

Conclusion

Apply Here

New-to-AMEX customers who sign up for an AMEX KrisFlyer Credit Card can now receive 25,350 bonus miles with a minimum spend of just S$1,500.

While this card doesn’t pack nearly as many benefits as the AMEX KrisFlyer Ascend, it does offer a first year fee waiver, compared to the mandatory S$343.35 annual fee of the latter. This means your bonus miles are essentially free, especially since they’re deposited directly to your KrisFlyer account without any conversion fees. 

All in all, a good option for those looking to build their miles balance without incurring fees. 

Aaron Wong
Aaron Wong
Aaron founded The Milelion to help people travel better for less and impress chiobu. He was 50% successful.

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han

Does ascend count as a “Amex KF credit card”? Wondering if I’m considered ‘new customer’

Mike

No – if you already hold any personal AMEX credit card you are no longer “new-to-AMEX”. Exception only applies if you hold the AMEX HiFlyer which is a business card so not counted as personal.

thomas the tank

People who can’t read and process info really don’t deserve to benefit from the miles game.

Jack

Is it only specific to holding a AMEX (KrisFlyer) card? I cancelled the Amex Tru Cashback Card in the last 6 mths, do I still qualify as new?

Smiiu

The tnc states that IF you do not currently hold any AMEX card after these 6 months AND you did not cancel this Krisflyer card less than 1 year ago, you are good to go

Mike

What is the definition of consumer card? Does AMEX Platinum counts as consumer card?

Andynamics

does the exclusion on utilities only cover water/gas/power or also include the telcos?

Andynamics

Roger thks

macadamia

Amex “forgot” that it’s a leap year? 🙂

D J

If I spend the initial S$1,500 on Singapore Airlines, would I clock the 2mpd (and in essence earn more than the 27000miles) , or would it be only the base rate of 1.1mpd as part of the signup offer?

D J

thanks for clarifying Aaron

Leck

Will an atome payment count towards eligible spend? I noted in the t&c that instalment plans don’t count. Not sure if Amex views it as an instalment payment?

Carol

A tricky one here,
Will 8099: Health Practitioners, Medical services- Not Elsewhere ClassifiedDoctor Anywhere, Eu Yan Sang TCM Clinic, HealthHub, count towards the minimum spend required?

Jamie

can i check the spending required is $500 or $1500? it states differently in Amex website when clicked Apply Now. thanks

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